Before I give the update, I need to say something about recording. I’ve had a home studio and have been recording for more than twelve years. I’ve recorded and mixed more than fifteen music CDs for my band, the Poxy Boggards, as well as others.
All that said, recording an audiobook is tough! Firstly, I’m recording myself, which is like doing two jobs at the same time. I’m the performer, so I’m trying to make sure I’m reading with a nice lyric flow, keeping consistent with characterizations, etc. Meanwhile, I’m looking at level meters, listening for plosives, etc. It’s difficult to do both at once.
Secondly, I’ve never narrated a book before, and there’s a lot more to it than I thought. I’m not a trained actor, I’m a Renaissance Faire stage hack, and now I’m starting to discover the difference.
That said, I am proceeding headlong into the world of audiobook recording!
While I will release Mandeight and the Apprentice Mage as a book on Audible.com, I’m also going to release it as a serialized podcast right here at stuvenable.com. It is likely I’ll take it down when the Audible version goes live, as I’m sure there’ll be some exclusivity issue with Audible.
My plan is to release the podcast version so that each “episode” includes two chapters of the book. To do otherwise would make some of the episodes rather short. And I won’t start releasing it until the whole thing is recorded. I get busy with other things at times, and I don’t want to leave listeners hanging, so until it’s completed, I won’t start releasing episodes.
When I do release the audiobook, I’ll put up two or three episodes and release the rest once or twice a week.
We’ll see how things progress.